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Rev Saude Publica. 2012 Dec;46 Suppl 1:108-16. Epub 2012 Dec 11.

[Men's health policy].

[Article in Portuguese]

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  • 1Departamento de Ações Programáticas e Estratégicas, Secretaria de Atenção à Saúde, Ministério da Saúde, Brasília, DF, Brasil.


The paper discusses the articulation among epidemiological information systems, scientific production and men's health policies. Three secondary sources were used: data from the Ministry of Health (Mortality and Hospital Information Systems, Surveillance of Protection and Risk Factors for Chronic Diseases through Telephone Survey), papers published in SciELO, and documents of the Ministry of Health regarding men's health. The results indicate that, in terms of morbidity and mortality, men are more exposed to risks than women. In the scientific production, studies focus predominantly on injuries and diseases that affect exclusively the male population, to the detriment of other health-related aspects. Legal documents highlight the epidemiological panorama of male morbidity and mortality and the policy-making methodology. Researchers need to expand the use of data from the epidemiological information systems of the Ministry of Health and to incorporate the gender relational perspective critically.

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